Hunger in the News

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December 1, 2017

Feeding the need: Expanding school lunch programs | CBS News

Nearly 13 million kids in the United States face hunger every day, at home and at school. The National School Lunch Act of 1946 gave federal money to states to fund school lunches and 30 million kids benefit today, but estimates suggest 1 in 6 kids still don’t know where their next meal will come from. Over 20,000 schools across the country now give all kids, regardless of income, free food to help combat this issue and to alleviate lunch shaming. Read the Article »

Food costs affect Americans’ health in a huge way, according to a new study | Bustle

More than 80 percent of the households we serve have reported purchasing inexpensive, unhealthy food as a way to cope with the challenge of meeting their food needs. The consistent intake of unhealthy food can lead to chronic illness such as diabetes. A recent study found that by decreasing the cost of healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, and increasing the cost of sugary drinks, approximately 23,000 deaths could be prevented each year. Read the Article »

Federal nutrition assistance program participation may save money on health care expenditures | Huffington Post

Many households served by the Feeding America network of food banks include people coping with a chronic disease that is impacted by dietary intake. 58 percent of households have at least one member with high blood pressure and 33 percent have at least one member with diabetes. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is not a health care program, but it does aim to reduce food insecurity and improve a person’s nutritional status, which studies have shown can decrease health care costs. In addition, those who save money through SNAP have more discretionary funds to put toward medications and out-of-pocket medical expenses, which can help control chronic diseases. Read the Article »

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